Morton, whose earlier output includes Monica's Story and several potboilers on the British royals, pioneers new territory with this public-relations biography of Kenya's president. He tries valiantly to accentuate the positive in Daniel arap Moi's lackluster record, but winds up portraying a leader whose mediocrity is excusable because the blame for his poor performance supposedly lies with others. As Morton would have it, Moi's incompetent and corrupt appointees constantly sabotage his well-intentioned plans. His security services "lack a tradition of public service," a holdover from colonialism. Intellectuals, students, and vengeful pro-democracy dissidents try to undermine his philosophy of peace, love, and unity. He believes in following "proper democratic procedure," but the irritating opinions of judges make this impossible. The self-serving proponents of a New World Order dictate that Africans must adopt multiparty democracy, but Moi's deep peasant wisdom tells him that his one-party government is best for Kenya. He is vindicated when an uncontrollable campaign of ethnic cleansing erupts in his home province after the one-party system is abandoned. And so on. A sorry effort to burnish the image of a sorry regime.